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The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique historical record depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of England, which culminated in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 between the armies of Harold, King of England, and William, Duke of Normandy. The original tapestry measures approximately 68 metres (224 feet) long, and how hangs in the Museum of Bayeux in Northern France. It is a primary source of historical information for the period and has been remarkably well preserved, having had various escapes from destruction on several occasions throughout its nine-hundred year history.

The original tapestry is about 68 metres (224 feet) long by 50cm (20) high and is the only masterpiece of its kind in the world. It is generally thought that the tapestry was made in the south of England before 1082, possibly at either Canterbury or Winchester, and thereafter transferred to Bayeux in Normandy.  The tapestry is in fact embroidery on a linen backcloth using wools of various colours.

Bayeux – Harold in Normandy Tapestry depicts Earl Harold who, having undertaken a visit to Normandy under the orders of Edward the Confessor, is unexpectedly captured by the soldiers of Guy, Count of Ponthieu, and is taken to Guys residence at Beaurain.

The Messenger depicts King Harolds scouts on a vantage point of high ground conveying that they have spotted the approaching Norman army, immediately prior to the impending battle. The Latin text reads ISTI NUNTIAT HAROLDUM REGEM DE EXERCITU WILELMI DUCIS which translates This man tells King Harold about Duke Williams army. In recent years, the tapestry has been conserved and housed in a new purpose-built Museum at Bayeux.

 

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